DALLAS, June 23, 2009 — Single session tickets for the 2009 Visa Championships, scheduled for Aug. 12-15 in Dallas, go on sale today. The 2009 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, features the country’s best gymnasts vying for national titles and spots on the U.S. National Team. Men’s and women’s gymnastics will be held at the American Airlines Center, with rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics staged at the Dallas Convention Center.
“The 2009 Visa Championships represent the first stop for USA Gymnastics toward the 2012 London Olympic Games,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “It will be the first chance to see the next generation of U.S. athletes compete against experienced veterans. We are thrilled to host this event in the home of the past two Olympic all-around champions, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin. It is a fine tribute to the contribution the Dallas area has played in our success over the past two quadrenniums.”
Single session ticket prices for men’s and women’s gymnastics range from $10-80. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the American Airlines Center Ticket Office. All-session tickets for rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling at the Dallas Convention Center may also be purchased via Ticketmaster. Visa is the only credit card accepted for the 2009 Visa Championships.
Here’s a quick look at the schedule the Visa Championships with links to buy tickets.
|Aug. 12-Aug. 15||Various||Artistic All-Session||$95-350||On Sale Now|
|Aug. 12-Aug. 15||Various||Rhythmic/Acro/T&T All-Session||$49||On Sale Now|
|Wed., Aug. 12||1:00 p.m.||Jr. Men's Competition||$15-25||On Sale Now|
|Wed., Aug. 12||7:00 p.m.||Sr. Men's Competition - Day 1||$10-60||On Sale Now|
|Thur., Aug. 13||1:00 p.m.||Jr. Women's Competition - Day 1||$20-35||On Sale Now|
|Thur., Aug. 13||7:00 p.m.||Sr. Women's Competition - Day 1||$15-70||On Sale Now|
|Fri., Aug. 14||7:00 p.m.||Sr. Men's Competition - Day 2||$15-70||On Sale Now|
|Sat., Aug. 15||1:00 p.m.||Jr. Women's Competition - Day 2||$25-35||On Sale Now|
|Sat., Aug. 15||6:30 p.m.||Sr. Women's Competition - Day 2||$20-80||On Sale Now|
Background on the Visa Championships
2009 is the Visa Championships’ first visit to Dallas, and the first time the event has featured all five of USA Gymnastics’ competitive disciplines – men’s and women’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics. The Visa Championships determine the U.S. champions and the national team for each discipline for both the junior and senior elite levels. NBC Sports will broadcast action from men’s and women’s gymnastics.
The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show is held in conjunction with the Visa Championships and will be conducted at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show is the annual gathering of professional members that offers educational and business sessions, a large exhibitor’s hall and other business and educational opportunities.
In 2008, Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, and David Sender of Arlington Heights, Ill., won the coveted U.S. all-around titles. The roster of former U.S. all-around champions includes many of the best-known and well-loved names in gymnastics: women –Liukin, Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and men – Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner. The Visa Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men and 1931 for the women.
At the 2008 Visa Championships, Lisa Wang of Buffalo Grove, Ill., swept the rhythmic gymnastics all-around and all four individual events. In trampoline and tumbling, the 2008 U.S. senior champions were: Chris Estrada of Lafayette, La., men’s trampoline; Alaina Hebert of Broussard, La., women’s trampoline; Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif., and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., men’s synchronized trampoline; Erin Blanchard of Lafayette, La., and Hebert, women’s synchronized trampoline; Austin White of Irvine, Calif., men’s double mini-trampoline; Aubree Balkan of Carlsbad, Calif., women’s double mini-trampoline; Kalon Ludvigson of Pocatello, Idaho, men’s tumbling; and Kaitlin Tortorich of Fredericksburg, Va., women’s tumbling. Winning U.S. senior crowns in acrobatic gymnastics in 2008 were: Nicole Barrilleaux of Metairie, La., and Alexis Thibodeaux of Harahan, La., women’s pair; Kristin Allen and Michael Rodrigues, both of Livermore, Calif., mixed pair; Hannah Busha, Steffi Scheid and Mariah Spray, all of Livermore, women’s group.
In addition to 2008 Olympic all-around champion Liukin, other current national team members from the Dallas area include senior women’s gymnast Chelsea Davis of Coppell; junior women’s gymnasts Rebecca Bross of Plano and Briley Casanova of Dallas; senior men’s gymnast Steven Legendre of Flower Mound; and trampoline and tumbling athlete Amy McDonald of Allen. Between men’s and women’s gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling, 17 junior and senior national team members hail from or train in the state of Texas: men – Houston’s Raj Bhavsar, Sean Golden and Jonathan Horton, and Kingwood’s Dylan Akers, as well as Legendre; women – Alaina Johnson of Tyler, along with Bross, Casanova, Davis and Liukin; and trampoline and tumbling – Brittany Caddell of Levelland, Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Dakota Earnest of Plains, Jane Truster and Savannah Vinsant of Newton, and Alaina Williams of Amarillo, as well as McDonald.
About American Airlines Center
Both men’s and women’s gymnastics will have two days of competition at American Airlines Center, which has hosted the post-Olympic tour for gymnastics. Anchoring the 72-acre Victory Park development, American Airlines Center serves as the backdrop to Dallas' most vibrant urban gathering space. In addition to being home to the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks, American Airlines Center has hosted several prominent events, including the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, NBA Finals, Big 12 Championships and the 2003 USFSA National Figure Skating Championships.
About the Dallas Convention Center
The Dallas Convention Center, which has more than 1,000,000 sq. ft., is the site for rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling. The Dallas Convention Center offers a staggering 726,726 square feet of prime, contiguous exhibit space along with a 203,000-square-foot column-free exhibit hall, the largest in the United States. Plus, the Dallas Convention Center offers even more great features, such as a 9,816-seat arena, a theater with a 1,750-person capacity and 96 meeting rooms.